By Cheyenne Bereuter
25 years ago this week, Kim Bearden started her own photography business right here in Stamford. Little did she know that on that day, October 16, 1989, she would eventually be the most respected, professional photographer in the area.
Kim had worked for a company photographing church directories for 3 years prior to venturing out on her own. Mostly she says she got tired of the travel. “I felt ready to try my hand at running a photography studio,” said Kim. “The community of Stamford and the surrounding areas were so supportive!”
The photography services she offers include maternity, sports, families, weddings, newborns, seniors, etc. Bearden Photography was located at 102 S. Swenson for 11 years, and she has been at her current location at 125 W. McHarg for the last 14 years.
She loves sharing special milestones with lifelong customers - Beginning with youth sports, high school sports, senior year, wedding, and then the birth of a child. “They feel like family,” Kim said. Of course, photographing a state football championship team two years in a row was also an honor, especially when the coaches allowed her to take the team and create a unique photograph!
With 25 years photographing families in Stamford, Kim has had the honor of capturing memories of multiple generations of families. “The first family I photographed (in my living room) with my first medium format camera was Jana & Danny Duggan and their two kids, just because they are good friends,” remembers Kim. “I’ve taken many photographs of their daughter Joanie beginning at age 6, and now her daughter will be six next month!”
There have been many changes and upgrades throughout the years to keep up with the ever changing times… for example, when she started her photography business, it was not digital, like it is today. She shot on film from 1989-2005, and then began the digital transition in 2006.
Another way Kim stays on the cutting edge of this business is attending the Professional Photographers Association National Convention. “I’m newly inspired every year after attending the Professional Photographers Association National Convention,” says Kim. “So many talented photographers teaching other photographers. I’ve attended the last 8 years.”
Kelsie Salazar now works with Kim, and she says she couldn’t survive without her. “She’s brought a creative edge to the products we offer!”
What has been your most memorable photo shoot? “Too many to list! I guess shooting my kids senior portraits. We had a blast! And then recently, my son & daughter-in-laws engagement, bridal, and wedding photos.”
What is your favorite picture of? “That changes almost daily! Today it’s an image of my son and his new wife. Last week it was of a local newborn posed oh so sweet. The week before, a bridal portrait of my daughter-in-law. And before that, a really edgy image of the volleyball team from Aspermont taken in a field!”
The Bearden Photography name is well known in this area for high quality, professional photographs of a variety of life events for the last 25 years. To see what Kim can do for you, check out her website at www.beardenphoto.com or book an appointment today by calling 325-773-2397.